THE UNITED METHODIST ASSOCIATION: The Gateway to EAGLE
The work of UMA is based on the following foundational Wesleyan tenets:
- The world is our parish.
- We should strive for perfection.
- We should maintain disciplined connectional fellowship to study, reflect, pray, share, and hold each other accountable for our missions and ministry as United Methodist faith-based communities.
We have a responsibility to address the physical, emotional, social, economic, and spiritual needs of the people we serve and those employees and volunteers who serve them.
“The world is my parish.” John Wesley
The United Methodist Association (UMA) is a fellowship of service organization leaders, Bishops, Annual Conference Health and Welfare representatives, governance leaders, United Methodist-related foundations, local churches, business sponsors, academic experts, and professions like clergy, attorneys, physicians, nurses, and social workers, all of whom are committed to improving the scope and quality of service to diverse populations with special needs using the EAGLE standards as their guide.
MISSION OF THE UMA:
In the name of the United Methodist church, the mission of the United Methodist Association is to improve the quality of life for those served by UMA members, to expand the footprint of service to those in need, and to lead the setting of standards of service through the EAGLE program.
GOALS OF THE UNITED METHODIST ASSOCIATION:
The UMA will fulfill its mission by:
- Identifying effective, official, and ethical service delivery models;
- Defining the standards that support those models;
- Sharing those models with colleagues through identifying current and future lay and professional leaders who can make a difference in the field;
- Expanding the service footprint of the United Methodist Church;
- Advocating for appropriate and needed changes in church and public policies.